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CL/QL console firmware V3.0 with new broadcast and live sound features coming early next year

Sep, 2014

September 12, 2014. Shizuoka, Japan - CL series digital mixing consoles have quickly risen to industry standard status, and compact QL series digital mixing consoles are garnering high praise for their all-in-one performance in a wide range of applications. Both series will take another step up in features and performance with the V3.0 update to be announced at IBC 2014 and released early next year.

Created with the concept that “The standards stay, but innovation never ends,” CL series digital mixing consoles inherit the highly valued basic operability of previous Yamaha consoles while offering significant sonic upgrades in features like Premium Rack, refined control with User Defined Knobs and other enhancements, Dante audio networking for flexible system design, Nuendo Live support for comprehensive live recording capability, and much more. The CL series has redefined the role of digital consoles in today’s live sound environment.

The QL series lives up to its “The Quintessential Compact” concept by packing much of the appeal of the CL series into extraordinarily compact consoles. Not only do these all-in-one powerhouses feature built-in I/O that allows them to support a wide range of applications individually, but they also offer Dante networking capability that allows them to be integrated into larger system with CL series consoles, R series I/O rack units, and other Dante capable devices. And the way their innovative Port to Port feature unifies console and remote I/O operation leads to unprecedented capabilities for live sound.

Version 3.0 adds features and functionality that will increase the appeal of all CL and QL series models for broadcast applications, including 5.1 panning and monitoring for surround broadcasts, and a newly developed buss compressor that is ideal for insertion in the stereo mix buss. Live sound applications will benefit from a new 8-band parametric EQ and real time analyzer. With this upgrade QL series V2.0 will be skipped so that the CL and QL series consoles will be at the same V3.0 level. CL and QL series console files are interchangeable, so it is easy to choose and combine models to ideally accommodate live sound FOH and monitoring as well as broadcast relay and recording, from large scale applications to the most basic.

CL/QL V3.0 firmware will be available as a free download from the Yamaha Pro Audio website early next year.

Notable New CL/QL V3.0 Features


  • 5.1 Surround Panning

Surround panning will be supported as of CL/QL V3.0. Pan positioning can be set via the touch panel or knobs. Mix to Matrix can be used for international sound production, and Mix to Stereo can be used for stereo mixdown.

  • Surround Monitor

In addition to surround mixing, CL/QL V3.0 adds basic surround monitoring. Monitor alignment capability is also provided, with adjustment of relative speaker levels and delays.

  • Dugan Automatic Mixer in GEQ Rack (included from QL V1.0)

Provided through close cooperation with Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc of the USA, renowned for highly regarded automatic microphone mixers based on original and innovative algorithms, Dugan automatic mixing is now included in the CL series consoles (it was included in the QL consoles from V1.0). Gain distribution for up to 16 speech microphone channels is automatically optimized in real time, achieving smooth, natural level control that would normally only be possible with trained operators.

  • Buss Comp 369 in Premium Rack

The K's Lab team at the Yamaha Research & Development Division, under the direction of Toshifumi Kunimoto, has created an accurate VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) model of an acclaimed buss compressor that is relied on in broadcast and recording studios around the world. As the name implies, Buss Comp 369 is ideal for inserting on the stereo mix buss for increased loudness, more uniform levels, and warm overall sound. It is an excellent choice for live sound as well as broadcast applications.

  • Mix Minus (included from CL V2.0)

Mix minus, considered important for relay broadcast applications, is now provided in the QL consoles (it was included in CL consoles as of V2.0). The signal from a specified channel can be easily omitted from a specified bus, making it easy to quickly create a mix for the location reporter that does not include his or her own microphone feed.

  • Frame Delay

Video signals often lag behind audio signals, so the capability to delay the audio at the audio mixer to achieve proper synchronization is a necessity. It is now possible to set that delay in frame increments for easy sync with a wide variety of video formats.

Live Sound

  • 8 Band PEQ in GEQ Rack & Effect Rack

It is now possible to select 8-band Parametric EQ in the GEQ RACK and EFFECT RACK.

  • Real Time Analyzer

A real time analyzer (RTA) is now provided to support room tuning and other operations. The frequency spectrum of cued channels can be shown in the new RTA display as well as in the PEQ or GEQ display to provide visual feedback while adjusting EQ.

  • 4 User Defined Key Banks

Four banks are now provided for enhanced User Defined Keys convenience. This not only reduces the possibility of running out of keys, but it also allows keys to be grouped by function for improved efficiency.

  • DCA Assign Selection for Scene Management

DCA assignment has been added to the parameters for Recall Safe, Focus Recall, and Global Paste. Rather than only being selectable with ALL parameters during scene memory management, DCA assignment is now an independent setting. This allows more refined control, such as specifying only Channel Name, Fader, and DCA Assign to be Recall Safe, for example.

Dan Dugan of Dan Dugan Sound Design made the following comment: “I'm very happy that Yamaha will be making Dugan automixing available in the V3 firmware update to the CL series. This powerful update will make life easier for our customers who do corporate panel discussions. Broadcasters using CL mixers will find the Dugan algorithm very helpful for mixing news panels, sports commentary, and talk shows.”

Toshifumi Kunimoto (Dr. K), the Yamaha Research & Development Division engineering manager, had the following to say about the new Buss Comp 369: “Our previous VCM creations were mostly based on standard signal processors and outboard effects used in the recording field, but this time we focused on a very well known compressor that is used in broadcast studios as well. We didn’t stop at simply reproducing the functionality and specifications of the original, but went as far as accurately emulating its musicality as well. We hope users find it a valuable addition!”

Chihaya “Chick” Hirai, Yamaha Pro Audio PA department manager comments: “We have received a large number of requests for broadcast oriented features and, although it took some time, are pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive range of new features for the broadcast market with this release. Most of the new features were developed in response to requests regarding the CL series, but they have been included in the QL series update as well to give our users the widest possible range of choice, from the CL5 right down to the QL1 without exception. In addition to the new features announced here, we are currently working on a number of additional refinements that will provide even greater operability and stability. At Yamaha we listen carefully to our customers, and spare no effort in delivering products and updates that contribute to the most efficient and comfortable working environment available.”

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